Aileen Cassinetto is the Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California, and publisher of Paloma Press, an independent press publishing poetry & prose. Widely anthologized, she is also the author of the poetry collections, Traje de Boda and The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems, as well as three chapbooks through Moria Books’ acclaimed Locofo series. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Asahi Shimbun, The Banyan Review, Moss Trill, The Nonconformist Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Vox Populi, among others. Aileen has been interviewed in NBC Bay Area’s Asian Pacific America, PenTV, The Six Fifty, Your Artsy Girl, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Cagibi, The Nonconformist Magazine, and Half Moon Bay Review. She was a guest speaker at Skyline College during Women’s History Month and National Poetry Month 2019, and at the College of San Mateo during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. A community advocate, she is featured in “COVID Heroes,” photographic weavings by Taiji Terasaki as an extension of the artist’s existing collaboration with the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. In November 2020, she collaborated with the Skyline College Learning Commons to present Poetry Corner Series: Re-envisioning our Future Together. Aileen is also the curator of “Power to the Poets,” a reading series on poetry, solidarity and social justice, and the 2020 Peninsula (Virtual) Bookfest which featured over 60 authors in collaboration with local libraries. As Poet Laureate, she has worked with local government agencies, such as the San Mateo County Arts Commission, the Commission on the Status of Women and the LGBTQ Commission, and nonprofits, such as the Housing Leadership Council, to amplify the role of poetry in public discourse.

Sample poems by Aileen.
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